Sep 302011
 
The one that got away: Diving with sea lions and seals of Anacapa

A sea lion comes in for a closer look I was SCUBA diving in the bracing waters off of Anacapa in the Channel Islands, receiving a stern lecture via vigorous pantomime.  Words aren’t an option when both parties are submerged 30 feet underwater.  It was clear to me, despite our lack of words, that my […]

Jul 072011
 
Weekend Wilderness: Escape to Horseshoe Meadow

Sometimes the inertia of getting out of the city is too much to overcome – especially when we’re talking about a long holiday weekend like the Fourth of July.  My three main barriers to outdoor enjoyment seem to be logistics, the heat, and the crowds that commute en masse from the Los Angeles area to […]

May 262011
 
Packing in the Fun: Bishop Mule Days in the Eastern Sierras

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, a great mob of mules and their packers, riders and trainers converge on the small town of Bishop, California, in the Eastern Sierras for an event called Mule Days.  For us, the Mule Days celebration and Memorial Weekend marks the end of our bouldering season – it’s time to […]

Sep 222010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part III: Shooting it up (with camera) in the Alabama Hills

This is part three of my description of the ultimate Sierra road trip, which originated in Los Angeles, visited the giant Sequoias, traversed the breadth of Yosemite National Park, and ended with a tour of the east side of the Sierra Mountains.  (See my posts covering Day 1 and Day 2 of the road trip.) Day […]

Sep 092010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part II: Yosemite Valley to Mono Lake

First Glimpse In my previous post, I described the itinerary for day 1 of the Great Sierra Circuit.  In a nutshell, we grabbed snacks for the road from our local Los Angeles farmer’s market and hiked at the uncrowded Sequoia gem called Nelder Grove. On the second day of our Sierra road trip, we headed […]

Aug 132010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part I: the ultimate SoCal road trip

Shadow of the Giants, Nelder Grove.  Photo by T. Kornylak Lately, I’ve been obsessed with planning the perfect road trip from Los Angeles.  I’m talking about a road trip for every occasion – for when your parents come out to see what living in California is all about; for when your old college roommate decides […]

Jul 152010
 
Fire Tower Lookout: A day and night above the clouds at the Morton Peak Fire Tower

If you have ever wondered about the life of a fire lookout, or contemplated a career as a lighthouse keeper, you should spend  a day at the Morton Peak Lookout, a 30-foot working fire tower perched on the bald top of a mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest.  The Morton Peak Lookout is one […]

Jul 072010
 
The Cute Factor: Volunteering at the California Wildlife Center

Feeding a baby squirrel at the California Wildlife Center After looking at more depressing images of the ecological disaster in the gulf, I’ve been feeling like I need to get on the next plane to the southeast coast and start scrubbing away at oiled seabirds or patrolling “burn boxes” to rescue mired sea turtles from […]